A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

April - May 2021

Edition No. 33

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Manager's Corner
 

Melissa

Everyone at Oaks of Weymouth is excited about the arrival of spring and everything that comes with it! For updates on four-sided home inspections, amenity openings, and more for the spring season, keep reading.

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Manager's Corner

Melissa

Dear Residents,

We made it through another winter season and, at last, spring has sprung! Spring is a time for growth and rejuvenation. The warmer weather makes it a perfect time to get started on yard work and needed home repairs. Not only will your home gleam with the pride of homeownership, but it will also be in perfect shape for the four-sided inspections, which are already underway. Additionally, you could be the next Yard of the Month winner! If you happen to see a yard that catches your eye, please submit your nomination to the office for Yard of the Month.

The past year has presented new challenges to us all, and I am grateful for your patience and thoughtfulness during these unprecedented times. As we’ve slowly opened amenities, you’ve all been very gracious in following the guidelines to sustain the health and safety of your fellow residents and our staff.

Memorial Day is just around the corner and the Oaks of Weymouth swimming pool is scheduled to open for the season in May. As we move forward into this new season, we are feeling optimistic about hopefully being able to return to some sense of normalcy. Guidelines for the pool will remain the same as last year to allow all residents the opportunity to get to the pool area while ensuring the safety of residents and staff.

Additionally, we are excited to announce our New Waste Water Treatment Facility Project is well underway. It should be 100% complete by the fall of 2021. Residents will not experience any utility interruptions through this entire project.

Our Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project is in the initial phase; we will follow up with additional details in the near future.

Thank you all for the compassion and perseverance you’ve shown during these trying times.

In Community,
Melissa Tuso
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

Closed

The Community Office will be closed on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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It's Time to
Moo-ve On

If you’ve been trying to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet, a great and easy way to start is with milk itself. With these non-dairy alternatives, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. Not only are there health benefits to reducing your dairy intake, but you also reduce your carbon footprint- it’s a win-win!

Vaccine Clinic
 

Doctor giving patient vaccine

Our COVID vaccine clinic, held March 15, was a great success! We are pleased, as well as grateful, that we were able to offer the vaccine in our own clubhouse for our residents, and we look forward to hosting future clinics if available. A huge thank you goes out to Gina Higbee and the Acorn Association Board for their collaboration with the clinic.

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Vaccine Clinic

Doctor giving patient vaccine

Our COVID vaccine clinic, held March 15, was a great success! We are pleased, as well as grateful, that we were able to offer the vaccine in our own clubhouse for our residents, and we look forward to hosting future clinics if available. A huge thank you goes out to Gina Higbee and the Acorn Association Board for their collaboration with the clinic.



Resident Referral
 

Money bag

Did you know Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a referral fee to residents who assist in the sale of a home at Oaks of Weymouth? Earn a referral fee of up to $500 for a new Hometown America home sale. Keep reading for more details!

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Resident Referral

Money bag

Did you know Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a referral fee to residents who assist in the sale of a home at Oaks of Weymouth? Earn a referral fee of up to $500 for a new Hometown America home sale. Contact Sheneva by phone at 609-837-2406 or by email for more information.

If you have a friend or family member interested in making the move to Oaks of Weymouth, please make sure you register them at the Sales Center. We have given out many resident referrals, so you could be next!

*Offer restricted to Hometown America-owned new-inventory homes. Residents who refer a buyer will receive money at closing of escrow. Other terms may apply.

Group Activities
 

Group workout

We are very happy to welcome group and club activities back to the clubhouse! We are following the state’s phased reopening guidelines, but please remember to continue taking the necessary precautions. Keep reading to see what’s available.

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Group Activities

Group workout

Currently, all group activities and classes are for residents only. Participate at your own risk.

  • • Group activities are limited to 35% occupancy, or 28 people, as long as social distancing can be maintained. Capacity will be lowered for activities where 28 people cannot participate while maintaining social distancing.
  • • We are following the state’s phased reopening guidelines, but please remember that the virus is still very present in New Jersey, and we all must do our part to keep ourselves and those around us safe. All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Please be safe and practice CDC-recommended procedures in all that you do when outside of your home.

Reservations are required. Please call the office in advance to reserve a spot!

Monday:
Painting with Diamonds at 1 p.m.

Tuesday:
Pickleball at 10 a.m. – No reservation is required since this activity is outside. For your safety, please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

Recess Cardio at 11 a.m. – Limited to 20 participants to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Friday:
Pickleball at 10 a.m. – No reservation is required since this activity is outside. For your safety, please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

Exercise at 11 a.m.

Saturday:
Walking Group meets at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse. No reservation is required since this activity is outside. For your safety, please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

Your Health

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Dreaming of
Good Sleep?

Can you say you feel well-rested every day? Not only does sleeping soundly help improve your mood, but it also boosts your immune system, increases healthy digestion, helps your day-to-day productivity, and more. If you’re ready, check out these easy solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep, every night!

Sales Update
 

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Don’t miss our beautiful new floor plans with innovative features like farmer sinks, soft close drawers, LED lighting, and more. Plus, we still have plenty of open lots to custom build your home. You can also purchase one of our brand-new, turn-key ready model homes on the ground. Set up your tour today!

Amenities Update
 

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Several amenities at the Clubhouse have reopened with updated restrictions in place to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. To learn which amenities are available and how to access them, read on!

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Amenities Update

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Several amenities at the clubhouse are open with updated restrictions to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff. The first three listed are open by appointment only, please call (609) 625-6257 if interested. The hours are Monday – Friday from 9 to 5 p.m. with an hour (12 to 1 p.m.) set aside for us to disinfect.

1. Library/Media Room: 30-minute time slots – 3 residents at a time.

2. Fitness Center: 30-minute time slots – 3 residents at a time.

3. Billiards: One-hour time slots – 4 residents at a time as long as social distancing can be maintained.

4. Pickleball/Tennis Courts: Open six days a week. Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Masks are required to enter the clubhouse. Currently, amenities are open to residents only. No guests, please.

Pool Opening
 

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We are excited to announce that the community pool is scheduled to open for the season Monday, May 24 at 9 a.m. We will be following the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health. To learn more about hours, COVID-19 guidelines, and pool rules, keep reading.

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Pool Opening

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The pool is scheduled to open for the season Monday, May 24 at 9 a.m. We will be following the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health.

The pool hours will be reduced to Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Also, we will have pool shifts to allow for social distancing and cleaning of the furniture when we switch over.

The pool will be opened in the following shifts which allow us to thoroughly clean and disinfect the pool area multiple times per day:

Monday-Friday M-F Disinfecting Saturday & Sunday Weekend Disinfecting
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. After Close & Before Open 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. After Close & Before Open

Entry
The pool entrances will be designated by signage. While waiting to enter please keep 6 feet of distance. Upon entering you will be required to sign in. Frequent hand washing is strongly encouraged. We will also have hand sanitizer stations set up around the facility.

Please do not enter the facility if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These include but are not limited to:

  • • Fever at or above 100.4° Fahrenheit
  • • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • • Cough
  • • Chills
  • • Muscle aches or pain
  • • Headache
  • • Sore throat
  • • New loss of taste or smell

Social Distancing
To keep residents and staff safe we will be requiring 6 feet of social distancing for those who do not reside in the same household. Please do not move furniture to be closer to each other if you are not members of the same household.

Face Masks
Face masks are required to enter the facility/bathrooms and are strongly encouraged while outside on the pool decks. Please do not wear face masks while swimming in the pool.

Restrooms and Locker Rooms
Occupancy in restrooms and locker rooms will be limited to allow proper social distancing. Face masks and foot coverings are always required. Only the bathrooms will be available to use during pool time. Residents are not permitted to enter other areas of the clubhouse.

Capacity
The New Jersey Department of Health does not allow capacity to be over 50%. For your community, this means we will be allowing 40 residents into the facility at a time. To allow as many residents as possible to use the facility, no guests will be allowed at this time.

Additional Reminders:
This is ZERO tolerance for anyone that does not adhere to these policies. If anyone is reported, we will not allow you to re-enter the pool for the entire season. Policing is not where we want to spend our time, so we are asking all residents to obey these policies so we all can enjoy the pool season.

  • • If you have wipes, please bring them with you so you can wipe down your hands after opening the gates.
  • • If you have used the pool during any time slots for one day, please do not try to re-enter the pool a second time.
  • • If you come in halfway through a time slot, your time will not extend through the next time slot. You will have to leave the pool while the cleaning is done.
  • • We want to be able to allow everyone to get to the pool area. If for some reason we have not reached our capacity during a certain time slot you may re-enter.

*Pool opening and guidelines are subject to change based on state regulations.

Home & Garden

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Follow the
Yellow Trend

As L. Frank Baum says, “the road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick”, and we’re taking that to mean improving your personal palace starts with accents of yellow! Brighten up a room with this happy color through accents like picture frames or throw pillows, or even go bold with an area rug or couch. With all these ideas, there’s sure to be something you love.

Yard of the Month
 

Yard

Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award one home the coveted Yard of the Month award. To learn what the prize entails and how to be nominated, read on!

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Yard of the Month
 

Yard
 

Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award one home the coveted Yard of the Month award. Winners will receive a $25 gift card in recognition of the dedication to excellent yard maintenance. Features we look for when choosing a winning yard are general appearance, neatness, flower beds and shrubs, sidewalk and driveway maintenance, color contrast, and overall appearance.

Choosing a winner each month will be difficult because we know the tremendous effort our residents put into their yards, but please keep in mind there can only be one winner per month. If you would like to nominate a yard for this award, please contact the Management Office.

Feral & Stray Cats
 

Cat walking in grass

In recent months we have seen more feral and stray cats in our community. While we are working with local Animal Control to remedy the situation, there are a few things you can do to help. Keep reading to find out more.

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Feral & Stray Cats

Cat walking in grass

In recent months we have seen more feral and stray cats in our community. While we are working with local Animal Control to remedy the situation, there are a few things you can do to help.

  • Please do not feed any stray animals.
  • Please do not impede any trapping efforts.
  • Spay and neuter your cats and keep them indoors.
  • Locate bird feeders and other outdoor décor items that provide cover for cats and remove these items.
  • Cover garbage cans.
  • Eliminate any potential food sources.
  • Call animal control when you see a feral cat wandering.
  • Do not provide food, water, and/or shelter for these animals.

Trash Collection
 

Trash

We appreciate all residents adhering to the waste collection schedule and procedures. Keep reading to view the April/May trash pick-up calendar, along with other details.

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Trash Collection
 

Trash
 
  • • Trash Pick-Up – Wednesdays
  • • Recyclables Pick-Up – Every Other Thursday: April 8 & 22, May 6 & 20
  • • Appliance Pick-Up and Bulk Pick-Up: April 28 and May 26 - Residents must call Gold Medal to schedule in advance (609) 457-0938. Fees are paid by the resident.
  • • Electronics Pick-Up is the second Tuesday of the month: April 13 & May 11. Call Weymouth Twp. with questions (609) 476-2102.
  • • Yard Waste—picked up Wednesdays with trash

*Trash & Recyclables may ONLY be put at the curb after 4 p.m. the day before it is collected.

**Monthly Trash Collection schedules are available at the Management Office.

Experiences

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Shop & Eat Locally

If you’re tired of buying limp produce from chain supermarkets, consider looking into ways to purchase local. Whether it be grocery stores that offer local products, farmers markets, or small mom-and-pop stores, you never know where you can find something special! The benefits of eating fresh, local produce are numerous; not only for your health but for your city’s economy as well.

Important Update
 

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We are now accepting a limited number of resident listings for 2021. Residents who list their homes with our sales team will be featured on the Hometown America Website and on the MLS along with full, visible signage placement on the property. For more information, please contact Sales Consultant Sheneva Paz.

Smoke Free
 

Smoke Free

As a friendly reminder, smoking is prohibited on Oaks of Weymouth property, including our buildings, facilities, porches, and walkways throughout the community. It applies to all employees, residents, customers, and vendors, at all times, including non-business hours.

Food Pantries
 

Food pantry

Food banks are a valuable community asset. Not only do they provide food to those in need, but they also assist in preventing food waste. Read on to learn about local food pantries and how you can contribute.

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Food Pantries

Food pantry

The St. Vincent de Paul Parish Food Pantry 114 Route 50 in Mays Landing has opened its doors to the parishioners and community. The pantry hours are Thursday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. each week. For more information call (609) 625-2124.

The First United Methodist Church at 6011 Main St. in Mays Landing is a local food bank site open every Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m., 2 – 4 p.m., and 6 – 8 p.m. offering an assortment of canned goods, bread, eggs, cheeses, chicken, and meat. Participants are eligible for food on a monthly basis and the amount of food given is determined by family size. Identification is necessary in order to obtain free food. Contact: (609) 625-9446.

The Salvation Army at 1309 Route 50 in Mays Landing hours of food operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Contact: (609) 625-1212.

Entertainment

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At Home Detective

If you’ve binged every crime show on Netflix and you need a new mystery fix, we have the perfect option. With these Mystery Subscription Boxes, you can have new cases sent to your home whenever you want and solve mysteries from your couch. Use the materials to follow the clues and solve the case- you’ll be the newest Sherlock Holmes.

Stay Connected
 

Phone

If you’ve changed your phone number or email address, please let us know. Give us a call or stop by the office with your new information so we can keep you in the loop for all things Oaks of Weymouth. Read more for our emergency information.

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Stay Connected
 

Phone

If you’ve changed your phone number or email address, please let us know. Give us a call or stop by the office with your new information so we can keep you in the loop for all things Oaks of Weymouth.

Emergency Phone Numbers
New Jersey State Police – Buena Barracks
Dispatch (609) 625-1104
Station (609) 561-7267

Dial 911
In case of a dire emergency, please dial 911. If you’re calling from a cell phone, you can dial (856) 589-0911 for a quicker response. This number reaches the Gloucester County dispatching office directly.

Exterior Improvements

Man repairing roof

As a reminder, you must obtain written approval from Oaks of Weymouth before making any exterior changes to your home or lot, prior to any permits or vendors. Exterior Modification forms are available at the management office. Please contact us if you are unsure whether a project requires approval.

Support Our Troops

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Our troops are in need of everyday items, so we’ve set up a donation box in the Clubhouse to send to those in need. For a list of what items are most needed and how to donate, keep reading.

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Support Our Troops

Person holding box with 'Donate' written on tag

Our troops are in need of many everyday items. The most needed items include toiletries, medical items (bandages, adhesive pads, Neosporin, Tylenol/Aspirin/Ibuprofen), personal products for women, as well as snacks and drinks. We have placed a donation box for our troops inside the clubhouse entrance. A list of the most needed items is attached to the donation container. We ask that you participate in this program in the spirit of American patriotism, and we thank you in advance for helping to ensure that our service members are not forgotten Please make any donation you are able to. Thank you!

 

Scarves for the Homeless

Peoples knitting with brightly colored wool

Calling all knitters! Many Residents are knitting scarves for the homeless, as well as throws for veterans, and baby blankets for infants. Yarn has been donated for the projects and can be picked up by calling Sylvia Mahana at (609) 476-4270. If you don’t knit, but still want to help, please consider donating yarn. For more information, please contact Sylvia.

Your Guide to Nut Butter

Different colored nut butters in mason jars

The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over, as there are now so many different kinds of nut butter alternatives, all claiming to be the healthiest. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein to fat content. There are even easy homemade options to reduce preservatives! Read on for the full analysis.

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Your Guide to Nut Butter

Different colored nut butters in mason jars

The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over as new alternatives step up to the plate. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein content.

While classic peanut butter remains a good option for protein, other types of nut butter may be best for your diet depending on what you want more of. For example:

  • Almond butter has a higher amount of nutrients like Vitamin E and healthy fats.
  • For a delicious, lower-calorie option, try pistachio butter.
  • Walnut butter offers an additional perk of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • To lower your sugar intake and still satisfy your sweet tooth, try cashew butter.
  • Sunflower butter is a great option for those with nut allergies, as is hazelnut butter.
  • For something more exotic, Tahini, another seed butter, is extremely high in nutrients, as is coconut butter.

If none of those sound like your cup of tea, there are easy homemade options that can help reduce preservatives, and you can use your favorite type of nut! All you have to do is roast your choice of raw nuts in the oven, seasoned or plain, and then blend them until smooth for creamy, fresh nut butter. The only question left is, which one will you choose?

No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there telling you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

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No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there to show you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

There are two strategies for saving money on groceries. The first strategy revolves around planning before you even step into the store. Methods for doing this can include tracking your family’s most expensive items, and then learning which stores have them on sale. Many stores have cyclical sales, so buying these big-ticket items in bulk when they’re marked down can save you big time in the long run. Also, even though you may feel loyal to your usual grocery store, it may be worth it to price check other stores, or even discount grocers, for better deals.

The other strategy is how to use the groceries you buy most effectively to prevent waste and unnecessary spending. Buying in bulk is great in theory, but without planning it can lead to even more wasted money than before. Try freezing and dating things like meat, produce, and bread, or buying things in bulk that last longer like eggs, coffee, and snacks.

If you’re sick of spending time looking for coupons only to find you’re not saving money, these strategies are great options - happy shopping!

 

E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month.